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russian is forcing its military muscle. wargames close to the borders of poland and the baltic. moscow says the joint exercises with belarus are defensive. nato believes russia is testing its ability. hanging on for dear life. dw news follows a family fleeing violence in myanmar. they are facing a new struggle to survive. we are there.
donald trump promises help to the people of florida as he hands out food to survivors of hurricane irma. britain begins a public inquiry into the tower fire that killed 80 people in june. three months after the disaster, we talked to activists seeking justice. ♪ >> it is good to have you with us. we begin with the russian word that means west. that is the codename that russia is giving its latest wargames, its biggest in four years. moscow says the exercises are defensive, but neighboring countries are unnerved by what they see as russia testing its ability to wage war.
around 12,700 troops are involved. western experts believe those numbers may be as high as 100,000. the drills are taking place in western russia, belarus, and in the russian enclave there. the baltic republic and further south, this is where drills are taking place. there are 4500 soldiers deployed after russia's annexation of crimea. that was nato's biggest troop reinforcement in those countries since the end of the cold war. our moscow chief is in belarus, talking to some locals about the wargames in their backyard. >> paradise in eastern europe. this normally peaceful region will be under the glare of the
world spotlight. this is where two former soviet republics, russia and ella rose, will deflect their military -- belarus, will deflect their military muscle. >> this region means hospitable. it is located near lithuania. >> this is what is to come. the armies of russia and belarus ran employment area drills to workers the main event. [guns firing] >> when the exercises start, this place will no longer be a sleepy village. this will be a stronghold that will be stopped by russian intervention, according to the script. >> this area is supposed to have
special significance. it has a large population of poles living in the former soviet state. >> meet elena. she moved here with her husband from minsk. she wants peace and quiet. >> i am against having the military in our area. why is russia have to conduct exercises rights next were western border? -- to our western border? they want to intimidate us. >> he takes a different view. at least, in front of cameras. >> we have to defend our home. nato is close. we have to do these wargames. i support them.
our grandmother had heard about the exercises, but her response was clear. >> i don't want this. i am against it. >> last weekend, government critics stage a protest in minsk in the against the russian military presence in belarus. >> i don't wash a -- i don't want to russia bringing its troops here. >> it will weaken our security. >> the police took note. the exercises are so close, and the government chose to avoid confrontation. most others stayed away. citing intimidation and arrests at past rallies. a poor region on the outskirts of europe.
once the wargames are over, people want to get back to their country life. >> that was our moscow bureau chief. he caught up with the russia deputy defense minister. he asked him whether western concerns over the military exercises are justified. >> the exercises are peaceful. and defensive in nature. the west is to be taking a broad political sense of the geographic term. the term "west" designates the rest of the russian federation, the end of belarus. >> this is pretty -- particular concern the exercise will turn into an invasion. >> there are no plans for any
sort of invasion. the main goal is to practice methods for battle against terrorism and to practice the use of the armed forces for that battle. >> that was the deputy defense minister of russia speaking to our moscow reporter. let us take a look at the other headlines. in iraq, 50 people were killed in suicide attacks near this southern city. militants opened fire at a restaurant, followed by two suicide bombings. the islamic state has claimed response ability. finland says one of its nationals kidnapped in afghanistan can make is safe. the woman was working for a swedish aid organization in kabul when she was abducted. officials say 19 people have drowned and more than 30 are missing after a boat capsized in
northern india. it happened in the guitar products state -- utar pradish state. turning to the crisis over myanmar's persecuted muslim population. the united nations has released a new figures saying that 400,000 have fled into bangladesh in recent weeks seeking refuge from the doodle -- brutal violence. the journey has been arduous. our reporter has been accompanying one family that made it to bangladesh and is now facing a new struggle to survive . >> their first footsteps on safe soil. this family for the army in myanmar. -- fled the army in myanmar. hanging onto little more than their lives.
they have to make a new home here in bangladesh. their old one was destroyed. looking back across the border, they can see the smoke from burning villages. >> the military entered our village. they went from home to home and burned everything down. they shot at the people trying to escape. we have no choice but to flee. >> their most important task is to find a place to stay. the refugee camps in the area are bursting. over 400,000 rohingya have poured into bangladesh in the last few weeks alone. when i was last here in december, none of these hearts
you see behind me were in place. -- huts you see behind me were in place. every inch of ground is covered with these makeshift shelters. this stretches for miles in every direction. it is overwhelming to see the massive influx of people. it is even worse to see the livin conditions. those who haven't been able to find a place at one of the camps are the most vulnerable. they have no access to clean water or toilets. it is especially bad for the many small children. this woman gave birth to a baby girl while on the run. the infant is 18 days old. her mother says she is vomiting and has diarrhea. >> i am so worried about her. i already lost four of my
children -- children. perfectly healthy kids. i don't know what greater pain there could be if i lose this one. >> the people here are dependent on the uncorrelated aided deliveries that come in. -- uncoordinated aid deliveries that come in. the family reached the camps. space here -- finding space is not easy. the father ask around, but most spots are taken. they will have to pay, in many cases. >> i can't find anything. i don't know what we will do. >> they have no choice but to go back and to join those outside the camps for now. with thousands of new refugees arriving every day, finding
shelter won't become easier. >> to the united states. president trump has visited the state of florida. he landed in fort myers with the first lady and the vice president. they distributed food and water to residents of naples. 31 people lost their lives in the u.s. from the effects of hurricane irma. let us cross to washington to our correspondent. good evening. the president visited florida. florida has a long, tough road ahead in terms of rebuilding. >> yes. there is a long road to recovery. one of their main problems right now is to restore power. many residents lost electricity. utility officials say they are
working on it, but donald trump said today they are making great progress. 2.5 million customers are still without electricity. there are many people who cannot get back home because their homes are destroyed. the florida keys were very hard-hit by hurricane irma. federal officials say 90% of their homes there were totally destroyed or damaged. >> the southern u.s. has been hit hard over the last month. hurricane harvey brought catastrophic flooding to texas. this is trump's third visit to the region in a couple of weeks. how is he being received? >> this time, i would say pretty well.
especially when he was talking to storm victims, serving food to recovery workers in the naples. this is a stark contrast to his first visit in texas. when he was criticized for no tinter -- not interacting enough with floovictims. he offered few extra -- expressions of concern. after meeting with federal and state officials, he was standing outside of a firehouse, telling people who wanted to meet him, what a turnout. as if it were a rally. i was in texas and many people told me they wished the president would have visited them to have a first-hand impression of what is going on. his second visit was different.
like this one in florida, when he was more hands-on. >> he is always concerned about ratings. our washington correspondent. thank you. >we have this sobering item to report about hurricane harvey. the governor of texas says the death toll from that storm which had three weeks ago is likely to exceed 80. harvey was the strongest hurricane to hit texas and 50 years. -- in 50 years. three former employees are suing the company. kristof has the legal news. >> three former female employees filed the lawsuit in a san francisco court on thursday. they say google pays women in california less than men who perform similar work and assigns
women to jobs less likely to lead to promotions. google is facing an investigation id u.s. department of labor on sex bias -- by the u.s. department of labor on a sex bias and pay practices. what more can you tell us? >> it is not the first time there is some controversy on equality in silicon valley. think about over -- uber. google, on one side, the women complain they are getting paid less than their male counterparts. but it is also about promotion, something we hear not just from silicon valley, but also from wall street. it is not difficult to get a job on wall street or in the tech
industry when you are a woman. when it comes to promotion, most of the hirings are male. and they tend to promote their mail your groups -- amlmale peer groups. we have to wait and see where this goes. alphabet is down 1%. >> thank you. we will come back to you in a second. a spokeswoman for the kremlin came -- claims the government's ban on software from russian cyber security specialists is designed to undermine the competitive position of russian is mrs. worldwide. -- russian businesses worldwide. >> kaspersky labs says the company has tried to keep away
from any political ties. >> there is no proof provided. we do not and we will never have any ties with any government. >> kaspersky says sales to the u.s. government are relatively small and the band will hurt business. it was founded 20 years ago by eugene kaspersky, and has become a pillar in the fight against computer viruses. it has been under long-standing investigation in the u.s. over companies -- over accusations the company gave russian intelligence access to u.s. networks. >> the story is developing. eugene kaspersky has been
invited to speak on capitol hill. >> that is what we heard. on september 20 seventh, he will appear in front of a house committee. we do not know yet what will be said. he has said the business to federal agencies to the u.s. is limited. best buy is one of the biggest electronic chains in america. they decided to take all the cyber security software from kaspersky off the shelves. there will be some impact to the business, on the performance. wall street, you could expect competing server security companies -- cyber security companies might profit from this development. but no big reactions.
>> reporting from wall street. thank you. friday marks the deadline for airlines interested in buying bankrupt air berlin. rayan air was considered one of the suitors. >> this company is running into turbulence on the continent. it pulled out of bidding on it and correct air berlin. -- on bankrupt air berlin. the ceo wants ryan air to use the terminal as a hub. >> it is important everyone
votes in favor of the referendum to keep the airport open. >> more bad news for ryan air. the european court of justice ruled a flight crew out of belgium should have its labor complaint heard in a courtroom in that country and not in the home base of ireland. the ceo that it would change costs at his company. -- the ceo without it wouldn't change -- vowed it wouldn't change costs at his company. >> the grenfell twoeower disaster. flames engulfed the high-rise in central london. we remember that image. 80 people died. the judge in charge of the hearing that got underway says he hopes to provide a measure of solace to the families.
who wanted to find what happened and why. local authorities have been accused of failing to enforce safety measures. our reporter is in london tonight. ♪ >> a street piano in a makeshift meeting space opposite the tower block. neighbors feel any need to stick together. many witnessed the fire and heard the screams of victims inside the building. evette williams knows some of the people who perished. >> my neighbors funeral was four weeks ago. a real character. very wise man. a lot of fun. very sad.
note-- no remains. >> people speak of before and after. grenfell casts a shadow. some victims may never be properly identified. three months after the tragedy, feelings in this community are still raw. how could this fire grow so quickly? who was responsible for the failures? an inquiry is supposed to give answers. many people here don't trust the authorities. others have set up a charity to see justice for the survivors. much of their criticism is directed against the local counsel, owned the tower. -- lcaoc council, who owned the tower.
>> we want to see criminal prosecutions. individual names. so this situation will never happen again. and it changes the landscape of government legislation. >> a massacre. that is what people accuse the councils of. they hope the tragedy has opened people's eyes. >> they shouldn't have to die in vain. this should change how housing is cared for. it has been neglected. >> i hope it will change the way the authorities see the people seemingly -- that seemingly didn't matter. everybody matters. >> it will take several months for a port to be published. for people who live around his
temper block, the tragedy -- the tower block, the tragedy has changed their life. >> we asked what changes have been made in the u.k.. >> this an ongoing process. nothing has changed in the law. sensitivities are heightened. close to where i live, there is a huge tower block that had to be evacuated over the summer. authorities looked quite carefully and said fire regulations were not adhered to. the building was not safe and they evacuated all the residents. people do look closely and at the regulations. this is what many campaigners are accusing the council of.
they accuse them of being lazy. there were fire experts that looked at this tower and spoke of how fire ordinance is done in the country. they said it is really lazy. people are not trained and don't have the expertise and don't do their jobs. it is a matter of red tape. the conservative government is often speaking of slashing red tape. computers say, this is -- campaigners say this is what happens when you cut it too much. >> she won hearts with her athleticism. but now the world's oldest panda in captivity has died. she was 37, over 100 in human years. her handlers at the research center in a southern china have been caring for her.
she lived at the center for most of her life after being rescued from a river and she was for. -- when she was four. russia has begun military exercises in belarus along its borders. moscow says the drills are defensive. nato says russia is testing its ability to wage war against the west. i will be back to take you through the day. stick around.
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